A faulty steering tube has prompted Specialized Bicycle Components to recall 12,200 complete bicycles and frame sets in the Tarmac, Crux and Seceur model lines.
The Morgan Hill, California-based company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission urges owners to stop riding the bikes and bring them in to local dealers for a free inspection and repair, if necessary.
Specialized issued the recall for the carbon fiber bicyclists after receiving two reports that the steering tube in the front fork broke, in one case causing a serious fall and facial injuries.
Topkey of Taiwan made the forks and Merida Industry Co. Ltd. of Taiwan manufactured the bikes. Specialized is the importer.
The 2012 and 2013 Tarmac SL4, 2013 Crux and 2013 Seceur Disc comprise the recalled bicycles. The Tarmac is a racing bicycle, while the Seceur is a little more relaxed recreational bike and the Crux is a cyclocross bike. The bike were sold for between $990 and $11,000 at Specialized dealers.
Alexander Vinokourov won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics on a version of the Tarmac SL4.
For more information, check the Consumer Product Safety Commission announcement, or call Specialized toll free at (877) 808-8154 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PT) Monday through Friday. Also, check out the support and safety notice at www.specialized.com.